Star and Shadow Cinema

Warwick Street,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1BB

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DavidSimpson on May 12, 2019 at 11:06 am

I visited the ‘new’ Star and Shadow on Wednesday 8th May 2019, and was given a very warm welcome by the volunteers running this multi-faceted centre. There is certainly a lot more space than in the earlier building (a second performance space is being created in the room housing the bar) and, of course, there is still much more to do. The principal auditorium is very comfortably seated with seats obtained from the Tyneside cinema when it underwent its own refurbishment.

The events programme is primarily of films, but performance and music are also included. On the night I visited, I experienced a mixed presentation, with “Laughing at life”, a 1981 Tyne Tees TV documentary profiling North East comedian Pauline Petty (stage name Scarlet O'Hara), being followed by local stand-up poet Kate Fox, who talked about her research into Northern female comedians. This was part of a season of Revealing Women, supported by the BFI Film Audience Network.

DavidSimpson on June 30, 2018 at 8:18 pm

Although the Star and Shadow moved out of its former home in 2015, the official opening of its new premises did not take place until the weekend of 22nd-24th June 2018. A crowd-funding campaign had eventually raised the £50,000 needed to enable the team of dedicated volunteers (there are no paid employees) to transform the former furniture showroom into the ‘new’ Star and Shadow community cinema and arts space.